A seasoned journalist with 20+ years' experience, Adam Stone covers education, technology, government and the military, along with diverse other topics. His work has appeared in dozens of general and niche publications nationwide.
U.S. Department of Education handbook now contains substantial language compelling schools to organize and document specific plans for issuing timely warnings and emergency notifications.
With an award on the $7 billion First Responder Network Authority program potentially just weeks away, those on the front lines say that despite years of planning, they still have more questions than answers — but the need for such a network remains.
The Georgia county’s hazard mitigation plan runs the gamut in addressing the possibilities.
Around the nation, volunteers at a range of levels are having their histories poked and prodded before they’re allowed to join the CERT.
In response to the rise of large-scale attacks in public places, a goal is to place tourniquets in malls, ballparks and universities.
Fusion centers are evolving into horizontal communication hubs between states.
Instruction from the Center for Domestic Preparedness includes training for structural collapse, foodborne illness, explosions and chemical warfare.
Myriad factors and unknowns cloud the question for now.
Seismologists agree that it’s a matter of when, not if, it happens, and that the resulting damage will be incalculable in the city of more than 4 million residents and 400,000 businesses.
Governments team up to develop backup arrangements for tech services in the event of an emergency.
While emergency managers can’t control malicious actions on the grid, they can play an active role in safeguarding the system.
The scope of the dry spell was daunting, but the lessons learned are valuable for any emergency manager facing the prospect of very hot, very dry weeks and months.
Today’s firefighter is expected to wear many hats, sometimes even a law enforcement one.
Emergency managers are increasingly concerned about cyberattacks on 911 and other public safety systems.
Unlike traditional insurance, which pays on the actual value of a loss, parametric insurance pays for a predefined event.
First responders need time with colleagues to decompress after responding to an incident.
Video footage can help unravel an event and catch the perpetrators, but some say the presence of cameras could deter acts of violence.
Pamela Jenkins, research professor of sociology, addresses the “unevenness of the recovery” in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.
Long-term planning starts with partnership-building, encompasses economic revitalization and ultimately keeps a community viable.
Today’s fiscal climate forces a number of questions on emergency management, including how to streamline operations.
Hurricane Sandy knocked out power for weeks, but what if the weeks had turned into months?
Listening to relevant posts from the public on social media platforms helps governments drive action and respond to emergencies.
An investigation into the situation that left 2.3 million residents in northern Virginia without telephone access to 911 for up to four days.
Four emergency managers share what they learned during the heat of the moment and their go-to strategies during an evacuation.
Large, planned events attract tens of thousands of people and the potential for peril.
Homeland security officials in Utah use iPads to keep in touch with emergency responders.
Emergency managers struggle to stay afloat in 2012 as budget trends continue.
Every event related to critical infrastructure is unique, leaving planners to face more unknowns than knowns.
VoIP technology brings portability and cost savings to 911 call centers, making it the top choice for system replacement.
An examination of the last decade of homeland security funding and its future as government at all levels is being asked to do more with less.
Emergency managers are increasingly tapping social media to connect with communities.
Mark Sloan's performance during the disaster earned him many accolades, including the President’s Call to Service award.
Can an emergency manager's duties be shared or should the role be a full-time job?
Vulnerable small businesses find the answers to surviving a disaster.
Maryland’s County Hospital Alert Tracking System provides real-time assessments of emergency room backlogs.
Vendors say life-saving safety equipment for first responders is here, but researchers want more study time.
Arlington County eases maintenance while reducing heat and noise for dispatchers.
Nonprofits let government agencies bypass their formal procurement processes.
Work force development is key to disaster recovery.
Emergency response was swift and massive, thanks to preparedness exercises.